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Our Mission Statement
The children in our care develop positive relationships with each other and the adults in our pre-school, which enable them to be strong and independent individuals. Our keyperson system means that each member of staff has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents.
We acknowledge the importance of every child having the opportunity to avail themselves of a rich, challenging and stimulating environment.
Through play our children learn
* To practice physical skills
* To experiment and solve problems
* To imagine and create
* To cope with their feelings
* To communicate with adults and peers
* About other adults and children
We work in partnership with parents, other professionals, individuals and groups in the community to support every child’s development and progress towards the five Every Child Matters outcomes.
The aim of our pre-school is for children to enjoy and achieve in an environment which is safe and secure with friendly, caring staff who praise and encourage.
We believe that children are individuals who learn in different ways and at different rates. We recognise this unique development by encouraging their individual interests, supporting and enhancing their learning styles.
We cater for children from all backgrounds and will try our utmost to accommodate children with special needs.
We hope that each child’s time inpre-school will be a very happy and productive experience.
There are seven areas covered by the early learning goals and educational programmes:
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.